Diamond Lake Trail

MODERATE 302 reviews
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Diamond Lake Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1361 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Eldora: Travel west on CR #130 and then northwest on CR #111 to the 4th of July/Buckingham Park Campground. Hiking alternatives include Diamond Lake Trail from Hessie, Arapaho Glacier Trail from Rainbow Lakes, and Arapaho Pass from Monarch Lake (Hot Sulfur District).

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4 days ago

Road to the TH was bumpy but nothing unmanageable. You can definitely do it with 2WD. The first mile isn't bad, gets bumpier the last 4, expect to go 5-20mph.

On a Saturday at 1 PM Parking was limited but we did fine a spot on the road .2 miles from TH. Hiked to the lake in about 1.5 hours. GPS said 2 miles like signs say. Then we hiked back past the lake and up along the water falling down the mountain to middle diamond lake and the up past that to upper diamond lake. RT distance from beginning of lower
Diamond lake up to middle then upper and back was 3.5 miles. The middle lake was the prettiest is my opinion.

We did this hike on 9/16 and it wasn't very muddy and I would say it was light to moderately travelled. Hike to first lake was moderate and adding on the other two made the hike a hard, but not really hard, hike. Total hiking time was 4 hours, 35 minutes over 7.5 miles. Elevation at upper lake is 11,750.

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7 days ago

Hiked this trail on the way back in to Boulder & Denver. Drizzle setup during the hike, so difficulty increased. Plenty of small streams to cross, and nice views and water falls on the way up. Fairly busy trail given the difficulty of getting to the trail head (raised 4x4 recommended).

8 days ago

This hike wasn't too difficult and the scenery was great.

9 days ago

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10 days ago

It's a fun and beautiful hike! Definitely recommend :)

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10 days ago

Loved the hike, made it through the roads with a WRX easily, just take your time.

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11 days ago

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11 days ago

Mostly uphill and it gets steep near the lake. With breaks to enjoy the view, overall it took us about 3:30 hours. Very beautiful hike!!

The drive is a bit harsh on the car, so be prepared!

12 days ago

Pretty hike with a few waterfalls along the way. Road is rough and bumpy while driving to the trailhead-an SUV is needed.

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15 days ago

Great hike, def recommend. Not on a busy day...too many people that don't have trail eticate.

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15 days ago

Great views... mountains, forest, water, animals! Do not need high clearance or 4WD vehicles to access the parking lot.

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